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Fairfax Financial to Benefit From its Acquisition of Brit plc: Moody’s Report

The proposed acquisition of Brit plc by Fairfax Financial Holdings is “credit positive” for Fairfax, according to Moody’s, which noted that the deal will significantly boost Fairfax’s underwriting capacity at Lloyd’s in a recently published report. Also citing the benefits …

Platinum’s Ratings Remain on CW Positive Pending RenRe Acquisition: S&P

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has maintained its ‘BBB’ long-term counterparty credit rating on Bermuda-based Platinum Underwriters Holdings Ltd. on CreditWatch with positive implications. S&P has also maintained its ‘A-‘ counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Platinum’s operating subsidiaries …

Best Sees No Ratings Changes for Fairfax from Brit Acquistion

A.M. Best has commented that the issuer credit rating (ICR) of “bbb” and the unsecured debt and preferred equity ratings of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited are unchanged following the announcement that Fairfax is expanding its global presence by acquiring Brit …

Best Sees Minimal Rating Impact from Tax Changes on Reinsurance

A.M. Best has weighed into the ongoing debate over whether or not the ability of “foreign” reinsurers to avoid significant amounts of U.S. taxes by transferring reinsurance premiums paid to foreign affiliates by domestic insurers. In a proposed budget, released …

Best Affirms Ratings of General Insurance Corporation of India

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of ‘A-‘ (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of India’s General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re), both with stable outlooks. Best said the “ratings reflect GIC Re’s solid risk-adjusted …

Best Places AXIS and Subs Ratings under Review w/ Negative Implications

A.M. Best has placed under review with negative implications the financial strength rating (FSR) of ‘A+’ (Superior) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “aa-” of AXIS Specialty Limited and its operating affiliates. Best also put the ICR of “a-” …

Best Assigns Ratings to Zurich’s Irish Subsidiary, ZIP

A.M. Best has assigned the financial strength rating of ‘A+’ (Superior) and an issuer credit rating (ICR) of “aa-” to Zurich Insurance plc (ZIP), which is based in Ireland, and is a “key operating subsidiary of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd …

Proposed XL Acquisition of Catlin Gets Review From Rating Agencies

A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s have weighed in with their comments about XL Group’s announced agreement to acquire Catlin Group Ltd. for $4.1 billion in cash and stock. A.M. Best placed the financial strength rating of XL Group and …

No Ratings Impact from UK’s Counter-Terrorism/Security Bill: A.M. Best

A bulletin from A.M. Best indicates that it “does not expect rated insurers to be impacted by the amendments to the UK’s Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, making it illegal for insurers to reimburse ransom payments made to terrorist organizations.” The changes …

A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of Munich Re and Subsidiaries

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of A+ (Superior) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “aa-” of Munich Reinsurance Company (Munich Re) (Germany) and its subsidiaries. Concurrently, A.M. Best has affirmed all debt ratings of Munich …

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